Swim Long. 5th September 2020

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Entries limited to just 100 swimmers


  • Individual - 5k - £30.00
  • Individual - 10k - £40.00

Closing Date: Online entries close 2 days pre-event  
Cash entries will be taken on the day at + £2

Saturday 5th September 2020 


The Overstrand, Boscombe, BH5 1BN View Location


The Swim Long event is a GPS tracked point to point sea swim. The route is a simple traverse along the seafront to Hengistbury Head (and back). Swimmer's handrail the beach by 50 meters. Each swimmer is issued a tow float that carries their GPS tracker and acts as an emergency buoyancy aid should it be required.  Supporters, friends, and family can accurately track the swimmers as they move along the course. The 5km swim starts at Boscombe pier and finishes adjacent to the Hengistbury Head car park. The 10km follows the same course but swimmers turn at the 5km finish and return back to Boscombe pier. Feed stations will be present at the 2.5km point on both the 5km and 10km.


The Swim Long event is a self-navigation, GPS tracked adventure swim. Swimmers use the event issued tow floats to house the GPS units and to provide emergency buoyancy should it be required.  Navigation is relatively easy and swimmers are to handrail the coastline by approx 50 meters. The swimmers are monitored by Geo Tracks at the event HQ, water safety craft and beach spotters who will patrol the swim course. Only experienced swimmers who are confident of completing the distance should enter. 

You may register at any time up to 15 minutes before start time    

  • 06:00 Registration opens (Boscombe seafront)
  • 06:50 Race briefing at start line   
  • 07:00 Race starts for both distances 

Close Date for online entries:  2 days before the event. Entries on the day will be taken at the normal price - plus £2.00    


    • GPS Live event tracking
    • Water safety craft    
    • Sport Ident chip timing         
    • Hot showers and changing areas (at Boscombe)
    • Toilets (at Boscombe)  
    • Event medics 
    • Drinks and feed stations on course   
    • Baggage storage in the registration tent
    • Hot drinks at the finish 
    • Finishers medals to be ordered when booking 
    • Event T-shirts / hooded tops to be ordered when booking 

      Pre-event information pack:
      The 2020 info pack will be available here shortly. All entrants will be emailed a reminder to read the event information. It is a condition of entry to this event that you participate according to the instructions in the event information. We do not post out information.

      GPS Tracking and tow floats:

      Each swimmer will be issued a GPS Tracker at event registration. The tracker will be placed inside an inflated swim tow float (as shown below). The tow float is then attached by the swimmer to their waist via the waist strap. Swimmers can be tracked by visiting the following link https://events.geotracks.co.uk/live/276. Tracker icons will appear on the live view tracking map 5 mins before the start of the event.


      Votwo has successfully organised long-distance open water swimming events from Boscombe seafront for a number of years. The prevailing weather conditions in early September are normally very acceptable for sea swimming. However.....  swimmer safety is paramount and the swim will be postponed or canceled if the predicted or actual sea state falls outside of the event safety parameters. The event director will keep entrants updated in the lead up to the event by email and post on Votwo Facebook page.  All entrants are to read the terms and conditions to the entry of the event before entering! T@Cs can be viewed here.

      Prize Categories:  
      Senior 20 - 39 (M+F)    
      Vet 40 - 49  (M+F) 
      Super vet 50+ (M+F) 

        Course 5km:

        Event rules:

        As part of the entry system to the event, all participants agree to the following:       

        • All swimmers will read and adhere to the 'Participant Event Information' (available to download from this event web page approx 2 weeks pre-event date)  
        • All swimmers must wear the issued swim hat, swim float and GPS tracker during the course of the swim event
        • All swimmers will follow the course as described on the course maps
        • All swimmers understand that this is a self-navigation swim handrailing the coast line and swimmers will stay within approx 50 meters of the beach at all times
        Cut off times:   
        • 10km - 4hr 30mins   
        • 5km - 2hr 20mins   
        • Swimmers over these times will be collected from the water and returned to shore

          Refunds / transfers:

           For full Votwo T&C's please click here. 









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